Volunteers from VODA’s SAINT project – which stands for Social Action in North Tyneside – recently made their first delivery of organic, home-grown fruit, vegetables and flowers to The Bay Foodbank in North Shields.
The volunteers have been looking after a plot in Whitley Bay Community Allotment for several months now, transforming the soil, decorating the site and planting and growing a range of produce including potatoes, onions, lettuce and wildflowers, grown with seeds donated by Grow Wild.
On receiving the donation, Jackie Dickinson, Foodbank Manager at The Bay Foodbank said: “Thank you so much to VODA and Whitley Bay Community Allotment for the lovely donations this morning! It really does help to put fresh produce in the parcels.” Based on the Meadow Well estate in North Shields, The Bay has been providing emergency food provision to individuals or families experiencing a financial crisis since 2012.
SAINT volunteers meet weekly at the community allotment and are currently growing more produce including broccoli, courgettes, beetroot and carrots, all of which will be donated back in to the community.
SAINT volunteer Jason said: “Since coming to the allotment we have completely changed our plot. It was really overgrown when we got it, so we have de-weeded it, turned all the soil and dug out all of the stones. It’s been amazing to see everything grow, all of our hard work is paying off and it’s really important to us that the things we produce are given back to the community through The Bay Foodbank.”